Genetic Counselor

Community Medical Ctr Missoula , MT 59801

Posted 3 months ago

This is a full time (1.0 Status), day shift in the Medical Oncology Department.

Provides counseling, resources, and facilitation of genetic risk analysis and testing options for individuals and families with concerns regarding diagnosis, prognosis, management, and mode of inheritance for a variety of perinatal genetic issues and other genetic issues including cancer genetics as needed. The genetic counselor is expected to fulfill all job duties in the Cancer Care & Prevention Center, which includes but is not limited to: reviewing the family medical history including family members who never developed cancer, assessing and explaining risk for hereditary cancers and the chance of finding a mutation through genetic testing, discussing the benefits and limitations of genetic testing, outlining available medical management options, determining which family member is most appropriate to begin the genetic testing process in a family, interpreting genetic test results and explaining what they mean for the patient and relatives, providing referrals to experts for follow-up screening and risk management, providing referrals to support resources and research opportunities (including research on genetic testing, screening, treatment, etc.), discussing the risks and medical management options with other health care provider(s), addressing common concerns about the privacy and confidentiality of personal genetic information, and navigating insurance eligibility and prior authorization for genetic testing.

Similarly, the genetic counselor is expected to fulfill job duties in Maternal Fetal Medicine, which includes but is not limited to: preconception, prenatal, and postnatal genetic counseling. Preconception evaluations provides genetic counseling to those with significant maternal health history, family history of genetic disorder or suspected genetic condition, general population risk factors (e.g. Cystic Fibrosis carrier status), prior abnormal pregnancy, and recurrent miscarriages.

In the prenatal setting, the genetic counselor will be expected to discuss genetic screening options, known or suspected genetic conditions in the pregnancy, discuss abnormal ultrasound findings or at-risk prenatal testing, family history or genetic disorder and the risk to the pregnancy, general population risk factors (e.g. Cystic Fibrosis carrier status), prior abnormal pregnancy, and risk factors associated with advanced maternal and paternal age. Postnatal genetic counseling includes providing follow-up for known genetic conditions, and helping the family with resources and supportive therapies. The genetic counselor will also be available to field genetics questions in the following areas: pediatric, neurodevelopmental, neuromuscular, connective tissue, craniofacial, hearing loss, cancer genetics, adult genetics, and general genetic testing.

Minimum Requirements:
Master's degree in genetic counseling.

Board certified or board eligible for the American Board of medical Genetics. Must possess skills in oral and written communication as well as ability to review, collect, and analyze data. Proficient with computers.

Preferred/Desired: Prefer at least five years of experience in genetic counseling.

This position is subject to Drug and Alcohol testing according to MT Law 39-2-205--39-2-211.



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